A 2010 study by the University of Memphis found that 70 percent of African-American children had little to no swimming abilities. That same year, six African American teenagers drowned while wading in Louisiana’s Red River as anguished friends and family watched in despair, unable to help because they themselves did not know how to swim. If you’re not yet familiar with the history of racism in America’s swimming pools and its detrimental legacy on current generations, then do check out Ally Theatre Company‘s latest production, #poolparty, at Mt. Rainier’s Joe’s Movement Emporium before it’s too late (on now to July 15th).
|Photo by Teresa Castracane
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